Four new faculty joined Eastern Mennonite University this academic year. They are (back row, from left) Jennifer Cline and Stefano Colafranceschi and (front, from left) Greg Czyzszcon and Barbara Wheatley. (Photo by Andrew Strack)

EMU welcomes four faculty members for 2018-2019 academic year

This fall, four new faculty members were welcomed to Eastern Mennonite University. The new faculty, announced by Fred Kniss, provost, Sue Cockley, dean of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies, and Deirdre L. Smeltzer, vice president and undergraduate academic dean, are:

Jennifer Cline, PhD, LPC, ACS, assistant professor, MA in Counseling

Cline earned a BS in psychology and early childhood education, an MA in community counseling and a PhD in counseling and supervision, all from James Madison University. She worked as a counselor and clinical supervisor in private practice for over 15 years, and is credentialed as a licensed professional counselor, Approved Clinical Supervisor, and National Certified Counselor. Her clinical, research, and teaching interests include the intersection of technology and relationship, clinical supervision, pedagogy and learning outcomes, and social justice issues.

Stefano Colafranceschi, PhD, assistant professor of computer science and engineering

Originally from Italy, Colafranceschi earned a BS in aerospace engineering, an MS in astronautical engineering, and a PhD in computer science, all from the University of Rome. He spent a highly productive decade working in Geneva, Switzerland, and at the Florida Institute of Technology for CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, prior to beginning at EMU.

Greg Czyzszcon, PhD, LPC, assistant professor, MA in Counseling

Czyzszcon earned a BA in history and secondary education, an MEd in special education, an MA in community counseling, and a PhD in counseling and supervision from James Madison University. He brings extensive experience in working with children, adolescents, and families in the fields of education, social work, school counseling, and clinical mental health counseling. His clinical and research interests include parent/child attachment, in-home family counseling, interpersonal neurobiology and trauma-informed care.

Barbara Wheatley, EdD, assistant professor of teacher education 

Wheatley earned her BS from Mississippi University for Women, an MEd from Wichita State University, an MS from Indiana State University, and her EdD in curriculum and instruction from the University of Virginia. Wheatley has expertise and extensive experience in literacy education, as well as teaching licensure as a reading specialist, elementary teacher and library media specialist.